J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Allington Castle, Kent: The Gateway c.1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Allington Castle, Kent: The Gateway c.1798
Turner Bequest XLIV a
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 334 x 251 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram bottom left
Inscribed in brown ink ‘45’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XLIV – a’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This watercolour is based on a drawing in the 1798 South Wales sketchbook (Tate D00655; Turner Bequest XXVI 93), one of four studies of Allington there; see also Tate D00643, D00654, D00657; Turner Bequest XXVI 83v, 92, 95). The later pages of that book were used on a tour in Kent in 1798; see under Tate D00878 (Turner Bequest XXXIII G). Allington was converted into a fortified manor house in the fifteenth century, having been a substantial castle, begun in 1281 on the site of an older fortification. It was much reduced by a fire in about 1600, and is now the property of an order of Carmelite nuns.
Technical notes:
The sheet is faded from exposure.
Blank; inscribed in a later hand, in pencil ‘105’, and in another hand ‘8’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Allington Castle, Kent: The Gateway c.1798 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-allington-castle-kent-the-gateway-r1174951, accessed 28 January 2022.